CLEVELAND — The White County Board of Commissioners has agreed to partner with the City of Cleveland on a project that will help upgrade the water service at Freudenberg-NOK in Cleveland, one of the county's largest employers, as well as all of Hulsey Road.
The City of Cleveland will be working with the Georgia Department of Transportation when the third phase of the Appalachian Parkway is constructed that will enable the city to upgrade the water line from the water tank north of the city along Hulsey Road, which includes the manufacturing facility.
The city will pay, with help from the county, to upgrade the waterline from the current eight-inch to a 12-inch line. That will provide a requested larger water capacity service to Freudenberg-NOK.
At Monday’s county commission meeting, commissioners approved $100,000 from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds to go to the project.
The project is expected to cost around $540,000, with 50 percent of that coming from an Appalachian Regional Commission grant, according to Cleveland City Administrator Tom O'Bryant.
O’Bryant told the commissioners he feels confident they can get ARC project funding this year, and that should fit in with the Georgia Department of Transportation work on Phase 3 of the parkway.